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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC.               14!

December ^rd, 1796.

It has snowed for a day or two, and now
freezes, and is delightful on the Boulevards. I
went last night with Lord Malmesbury to see the
famous satire upon the convention, called Vlnti-
yieur d'un comite r£volutionnaire9 at the Theatre
de la Citg.1 It is a very curious and extraordinary
piece, which one can scarcely suppose would be
tolerated. It has been stopped twice or thrice.
Robespierre, Danton and others are taken off to
the life, in action, voice, words and sentiments.
The plot is nothing, but there are some witty hits;
indeed, it turns the whole Revolution into ridicule,
completely a let, fmngaise.

I yesterday visited the Blue Nuns.    It seemed

i The following are the titles of some of the plays and
comic operas most in vogue at this period, or, rather, a
short time before:óLe Vous et k Toi, comic opera; A bas
lei Calotte, comedy; Les accords de Phillipot et Pamela, opera
civico-matrimonico (this was a satire on the Duke d'Orleans
and Madame de Genlis) ; A qui sera pendu le Premier, pro-
verbe tragico-risible; Le mille et unieme tour de Mane An-
toinette; Les PrUres et Les Rois, vaudeville; Uinterieur d'un
Manage Republicain ; Le Tombeau des Imposteurs, sansculottade
dramatique; Les vrais sans culottes; Le Jugement dernier des
Rois; La Guillotine d* Amour, &c., &c. The wit of the last
piece depended upon a lover, who, on attempting to climb
into the apartment of his mistress, was caught by the window
falling upon his neck and holding him prisoner until the
police came round and took him up as a thief. Windows
made as in England are still called a la guillotine.